Saudi Arabia affirmed its support for joint international efforts through the World Trade Organization, to facilitate access to Covid-19 vaccines in light of intellectual property rights and relevant international treaties.
The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property explained that this support comes within the Kingdom’s efforts to combat the Corona virus, support international efforts to contain the effects of the pandemic, and create conditions that allow access to vaccines and provide them to all peoples, at this exceptional time facing the world.
She pointed out that one of the most prominent of these endeavors is Saudi Arabia’s commitment to international treaties and agreements related to intellectual property, foremost of which is the Agreement on Commercial Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which is one of the World Trade Organization agreements, which it joined in 2005, in addition to publishing the executive rules for compulsory licensing of patents. , as stipulated by the Saudi patent system, layout designs for integrated circuits, plant varieties and industrial models, and Saudi Arabia’s great interest in supporting the initiative of the Covid-19 Technologies Access Complex called C-TAP, which was adopted by the World Health Organization with the participation of multiple countries with the aim of sharing the development of medicines, vaccines and diagnostics, and the dissemination of all The results are transparent.
Make vaccines available to everyone
The authority added that “Saudi Arabia called, at the meeting of the TRIPS Council held in Geneva on 30/04/2021 AD, through the permanent delegation to the World Trade Organization, that countries bear the responsibility to overcome this epidemic by making vaccines available to all at reasonable prices, and to ensure that they do not constitute Intellectual property is an obstacle to promoting the production of vaccines for non-commercial purposes, ensuring equitable access to them worldwide, and urging all countries to move forward with existing negotiations on waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines in order to reach text-based consensus as soon as possible. As well as urging the countries with the headquarters of the vaccine manufacturer to facilitate the transfer of technology to countries wishing to manufacture the vaccine, and Saudi Arabia has allocated an amount of $500 million to meet the global need for the development and distribution of vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tools related to Covid-19, and its contribution of $150 million for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), $150 million for the Global Alliance on Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI), and $200 million for other international and regional health organizations and programs.
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